- Recommended meal weight: 5.6 oz
- Total calories: 700
- Caloric density: 125 calories/ounce
To increase the caloric density, which is already very high, add more olive oil, more noodles, or more Parmesan.
The spices can be altered to change the profile of the dish. For example, add some dried oregano or rosemary.
For extra goodness, drop in some chunks of salami or beef jerky. Pine nuts are cashews are also a good addition.
This dish can be made vegan by substituting the Parmesan. Vegan Parmesan products are available online and at local natural grocers. Or, easily make your own using cashews, nutritional yeast, and a pinch of salt.
Discard the MSG-loaded seasoning packet in the bag of noodles, either at home or in the field.
For single-servings, all ingredients should be bagged together, except for the Parmesan — keep that separate. I store the olive oil in a Nalgene bottle made of HDPE, which are available in 4-, 8-, 16-, and 32-ounce sizes. The screw-lids are very secure, and I haven’t had one leak oil.
In a group setting, each group member receives their own ration of noodles, and all of the other ingredients (Parmesan, olive oil, sun-dried tomatoes, and spices) are packaged separately. Divide them in the field.
For perfect at-home consistency:
- Use 10 ounces of water. Add the leathery sun-dried tomatoes at the start, to give them time to soften up.
- Bring the water to a boil, or a near-boil.
- Add all ingredients, save for the Parmesan. The ramen seasoning packet should be discarded.
- Stir and let reconstitute. No simmer is needed.
- Once the ingredients have cooked and the pot has been removed from the stove, add the Parmesan. Unless you want a gooey cheese mess in your pot, do not jump the gun on the Parmesan.
- Add salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste.
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